David Little became the new director of the Mead Art Museum on Monday, replacing former director Elizabeth Barker.

Little previously worked as the head of the department of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Before that, he taught courses at Maryland Institute College of Arts and Duke University. He also served as the director of adult and academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Within the Amherst community, Chris Tamasi has become something of a household name. Although his role as captain of the football team is more than enough to make him stand out, Tamasi’s genuine and caring personality has left an even larger impression on the Amherst community than his athletic endeavors. Tamasi’s friendly, outgoing nature has brought him success in everything from theater to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, touching the lives of many individuals on campus.

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Association of Amherst Students Senator Tasha Kim ‘18 presented a proposal last week for creating emergency cards that would provide important local police and transportation information to Amherst students. These neon yellow cards contain the numbers of campus police for each of the Five Colleges and also give students the last times for Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses back to Amherst. The numbers for Safe Ride and taxi services are also provided.

Two first-year students have set out to revitalize Native American Students Organization. Co-chairs Lehua Matsumoto ‘18 and William Harvey ‘18, are collaborating this semester to reach out to a wider audience on campus and establish a more active community for the club.

Founded in 2013, the Native American Students Organization is the first and the only club associated with Native American students on campus.

Chief of Campus Operations Jim Brassord announced in a campus-wide email Feb. 19 that the college will be taking down the red pine stands located in the Amherst Sanctuary behind the tennis courts. The trees were planted as fast-growing replacements following a hurricane that devastated tree stands across campus in 1938. According to Brassord, the trees now face two problems.

Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology Leah Schmalzbauer received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, her master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her doctorate from Boston College. Her research focuses on immigration and U.S.-Central American relations. She is currently turning her gaze from immigration in the U.S. to the migration of the elite in the U.S. from major cities to rural areas.